Gore Fires 59 at Cox Classic

By Sports NetworkAugust 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourOMAHA, Neb. -- Jon Mills carded an 11-under 60 on Friday to take the second-round lead of the Cox Classic, but was upstaged.
Jason Gore, who became famous when he played in the final group on Sunday at this year's U.S. Open, became the third player in Nationwide Tour history to shoot a 59 when he posted the magical number in Friday's second round.
'That was pretty cool, wasn't it?' asked Gore. 'It was a good day. I was trying to get a decent round in after playing so shabby yesterday. I thought, 'this is cool stuff.''
Gore's round at the par-71 Champions Run course consisted of nine birdies, a single bogey and two eagles. He was 10 under par with the driveable par-4 ninth to play.
He knocked a drive on the green at the hole, then sank the 20-footer for eagle and the magical 59.
Gore joined Notah Begay III and Doug Dunakey as the only Nationwide Tour members to fire a 59. Begay carded the score at The Dominion Open in 1998 at Dominion Golf Club. Dunakey shot the number later that same year at the Miami Valley Open at Heatherwoode Golf Club.
Al Geiberger was the first player to record a sub-60 round at Colonial Country Club in 1977. Chip Beck turned the trick at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational at the Sunrise Golf Club. David Duval was the third member of the PGA Tour to accomplish the feat during the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope on the PGA West course.
Annika Sorenstam is the only LPGA Tour player to have ever shot 59. She did it in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register PING tournament.
Gore is in third place at 12-under-par 130, three behind Mills and one down to Roger Tambellini, who posted an 8-under 63 on Friday.
For most of the second round, it looked like Mills would be the player who was going to break 60.
He began on the back nine Friday and collected four birdies and an eagle. Mills birdied four holes in a row from the second, then dropped a shot at the par-5 sixth that derailed his chances at 59.
Mills birdied the seventh and parred No. 8. He needed an eagle at the ninth, the same hole Gore eagled for his 59, but only managed birdie and a round of 60.
'I definitely wanted to shoot 59,' admitted Mills, who won the Canadian PGA Championship two weeks ago. 'I thought about it when I birdied the fourth hole because I knew I had some good chances coming in.'
Mills is playing some outstanding golf in the last month. He has three top- 5s in July, including the win in Canada.
'I've been playing well the last little stretch,' said Mills, who needed only 21 putts on Friday. 'When the putter is on, I'm going to shoot some low scores.'
Scott Petersen shot a 6-under 65 and is alone in fourth place at minus-11. Steve Larick posted a 4-under 67 and has sole possession of fifth at 10-under-par 132.
Greg Chalmers (65), Jason Schultz (67), Jin Park (66), Jason Dufner (64), Jeremy Anderson (66) and Steve LeBrun (66) are knotted in sixth place at minus-9.
Chad Collins, the first-round leader, managed an even-par 71 and is tied for 12th at 8-under-par 134.
The 36-hole cut came at 4-under-par 138 and 60 players made it to the weekend
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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"

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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.